The historic – and rumored to be haunted – Linda Vista Community Hospital in Los Angeles is undergoing a $40 million renovation in order to be converted to apartments for low-income senior citizens, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Originally built in 1905 as a hospital for the employees of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway, the hospital was demolished and rebuilt in the mid-1920s, but it still contains relics from the railway days. The coved ceilings in wide hallways are meant to look like the inside of a caboose and staff and patient rooms are lined with Sante Fe tile.
Despite the fun trail feel, it is still a very creepy place inside – which is by design, since it’s one of the most popular filming locations in Los Angeles. It has been featured in some upbeat programs, like the pilot episode of “ER” or the hospital scenes in “Pearl Harbor.” But more often than not, it stands in for a mental institution (“True Blood”), the scene where one serial killer leaves another serial killer a present (“Dexter”) and numerous paranormal documentary shows like “Ghost Stories” and “Ghost Adventures.”
Caretaker Francis Kortekaas tells the LA Times that he’s experienced several events that he can’t explain – like water turning on by itself at a scrub sink that is operated by a leg-lever, or feeling like a small child put a hand in his. “It felt like my daughter’s hand,” he says.
But starting in June 2012, the hospital’s nurses’ residences are going to be converted into 23 senior apartments, which are housed in a separate three-story building that is connected to the hospital by a tunnel.
Then in 2013, the upper five floors of the hospital itself will be converted into 74 apartments, all for people over the age of 55 whose annual income is between $16,000 and $25,000.
On Thursday, May 10, journalists were invited to go on a press event at Linda Vista for “The Devil Inside,” which was filmed there. The video is below.